Digital Film Making is the Future- Your Future
Digital film making is an up and coming genre in film making that is making waves in transforming the face of modern media with the help of the popular digital channels and content on it. With growing consumer reach through digital mediums there needs to be some special expertise in this field as well because with every new thing comes a new approach as well. But then one might have many queries before committing to a course that helps in Digital film making. Let us help you out with some of these:
- What is the course actually about?
This is a full time MSc Course on film making in the digital platform. This means that we do not teach filmmaking on celluloid which is will soon be part of history. But we teach filmmaking and every aspect of it in digital platform which is in reality the future of film making.
- How is it different from film schools like SRFTI and FTII?
NSHM Digital Films
|1||PG Diploma||PG Degree|
Residential without option
Not residential although the college provides hostel facilities
Importance to filmmaking only
Importance to overall understanding of films along with filmmaking
|4||Only technical aspect||Both technical and aesthetics|
Not eligible for teaching in college as Assistant Professor since Diploma
Eligible for teaching in schools and colleges as Assistant Professor since it is a proper academic degree
- Do we have internships / placements?
We all know that we do not have ten-to-five jobs in film industry. So, however great a filmmaker is, there is no permanent job for her/him. But once a technician / filmmaker gets into the industry, she/he consistently gets projects whether it is web, film industry or television. This is how the film industry works.
- What are the things that the course is teaching?
Various aspects of film are taught here. This includes scriptwriting, acting, direction, documentary and fiction filmmaking, production design, sound, cinematography in digital camcorders, photography, and editing.
- Does this mean that the course is full of technical details?
No. Technology and aesthetics both – for instance, one will be exposed to theories as well as practical aspect of filmmaking with regular screening of films from all the corners of the world.
- Who are eligible?
Any graduate is. Of course one has to be enthusiastic for films and has a keen eye for cinema.
- If every aspect of filmmaking is taught, who are actually teaching us?
There will be permanent faculties as well as visiting faculties from the industry who specialize in their own domain. For example, for sound design and recording we usually call an eminent film industry person like Sukanta Majumdar, who has bagged the National Award for his work.
- Since it is digital films, if one has interest to go to television, can she/he join?
Whether one joins web portals for web series, television or films, the basics of technical aspects are the same. So one joining digital filmmaking course at NSHM under MAKAUT, she/he will have the golden opportunity to go for television and web portals as well.
- Can we actually make films after doing this course?
Of course one can, because for four semesters, various aspects of filmmaking are taught to the students.
- Can anyone join this course even if I have no idea about films?
Yes one can. The course is created in such a way that a student who has no idea about cinema will be acquainted with the film world through a number of film screenings and will be guided accordingly through books, presentations, discussions, notes and practical experiences.
- I am interested in films, but do not know how to approach producers or put up my films to the public. Can the course help me?
Pitching the concept of films is a part of the course. Moreover, the course curves out ideas and avenues in which one can approach to funding agencies and producers for her/his films. But one thing has to be borne in mind; the college cannot provide producers or funding agencies, but guide the student along to find them.
- Is there any annual festival where we can have big or international exposure?
International Kolkata Film Festival is an annual international film festival we all know about. The students of the department will have their delegate cards (500/-), which will enable the students to participate in this grand fest and get necessary exposure to current and classical films all around the world. Students will start watching films from 9 in the morning and will continue till 10 at night (of course there is no compulsion!) and will have opportunities to participate in the fest with their own films, interact with the filmmakers and listen to important seminars held by important people at Nandan. The fest goes on for seven days.
- Do I have to give exams like other college courses or simply apply?
Yes, both. Each semester will have exams at its end as well assignments, which are practical in nature and is related to making films.
- I am keen on writing/ scholarly activities on films rather than filmmaking. Will the course suit me?
There are only two courses that train people academically in films and cultural studies in West Bengal. One is Film Studies Jadavpur University, and the other is Digital Filmmaking at NSHM. The syllabus of this course is designed such that it covers all the historical, theoretical as well as cultural aspects of film studies. But the added bonus is that this course also trains the students to become a filmmaker. It serves two aspects at the same time – one’s knowledge of film theory and criticism and writing is facilitated not only with academic approach but also with making, which serves the student to understand the theoretical part in a batter way. Another is that a student graduating from this course will have a strong hold in academic film studies, with specialized training in filmmaking as well.
- How are we going to have our classes? Is it like long workshops or routine classes?
This is a full time and a regular course. Usually the theory classes will follow the routine format like a regular university. The technical aspects might be allotted as workshops for consecutive days. There will be ppts, film screenings, classroom lectures and workshops.